Jesus Our Hope

There are constant references in 1 and 2 Thessalonians to the return of Christ- history's most amazing event. But what makes the event amazing- as always- is that Jesus is at the center of it. He is our hope in this life and the next!

The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory. – Alexander Maclaren

Jesus Our Treasure

Two famous passage in Philippians show us what a treasure Jesus was to the apostle Paul. May he be such a treasure to us!

Oh, to think of heaven without Christ! It is the same thing as thinking of hell. Heaven without Christ! It is day without the sun, existing without life, feasting without food, seeing without light. It involves a contradiction in terms. Heaven without Christ! Absurd. It is the sea without water, the earth without its fields, the heavens without their stars. There cannot be a heaven without Christ. He is the sum total of bliss, the fountain from which heaven flows, the element of which heaven is composed. Christ is heaven and heaven is Christ.– Charles Spurgeon

* Note about audio recording * We had a technical issue with our usual recording equipment did not capture the direct recording of the sermon. We should be back to normal next week!

Jesus Our Shepherd

Drawing on Christ's headship of and love for his church (Ephesians, Colossians, 1-2 Timothy and Titus) we consider the wonderfully comforting portrait of Jesus as our Shepherd.

Our Good Shepherd has become the model for under-shepherds. His great concern is the good of the sheep. A good shepherd gives himself to the sheep. A thief comes to get something form the flock – wool or mutton. Jesus our Lord made every personal claim subservient to the blessing of his flock; even to giving His life that they might live. – Walter Chantry

Jesus Our Freedom

Galatians is the battlecry of the freedom concerning the good news of God's Son. Because Jesus has lived the perfect life we could not live and because Jesus died the death that we should have died, he has met all the demands of God's perfect law. So what are we doing making up ridiculous rules about what "good Christians" should and shouldn't do? Jesus died to free us from such things- we are right with God and are FREE to live boldly before God, pleasing him out of our renewed hearts- not according to some person's code of conduct.

Jesus Our Life

The church at Corinth was a total disaster- a complete mess. And Paul loved them. Why? Because he knew they were more than the sum of their abhorrent behavior and life choices. Jesus was in the midst of them. He was their very life.

Spirituality is not about being fixed; it is about God being present in the mess of our unfixedness. – Mike Yaconelli

Jesus Our Righteousness

Some have called the book of Romans "The Christian's Constitution." It may be the most important book in the New Testament for understanding just exactly how sinful people can stand in a right relationship with a Holy God. We can't earn the perfect righteousness God requires. But- praise God- we can receive it as a gift!

Jesus Our King

The first message in a new series- "Just Jesus- Rediscovering The Beauty of Christ." Each week we will see what one New Testament book says about Jesus. Matthew goes to great lengths to show us that Jesus is our long-awaited king- the ruler we have been waiting for- whether we knew it or not.